Strange The Dreamer (Strange The Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Strange The Dreamer
Laini Taylor
Series Name: Strange The Dreamer
Genre: Fantasy YA
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Pages: 432
Publishers: Hachette Australia

5 Star

*Thank you to Hachette Australia & NetGalley – I received an eBook in return for an honest review*
*All opinions are my own & 100% honest*

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.



This is the first book I have read by Laini Taylor and I have always heard that her writing is amazing and I 100% agree! The way she describes things is just beautiful and her writing drew me in straight away! I loved that she used Multi POV in this book as well. How she wrote from both Sarai & Lazlo’s characters POV made the chapter feel different as if we were actually seeing and feeling things from that person’s perspective. That is the one thing that always annoys me with some Multi POV books is that it is hard to distinguish between different characters, each character has a personality and a way that they see the world, writing from their POV should show that and in this books case is definitely did!


Firstly I want to say that I have seen a lot of mixed reviews about this book and the main thing seems to be that people are confused at what was going on, I wasn’t in the slightest! Of course at the start there was going to be parts where you don’t understand what is happening  but that is because the Author is setting the scene and to me everything fell into place in this book.

I loved the plot completely! There was never a predictable part of this book either, I was forever guessing what might come next and I can honestly say that I was only right once or twice! Especially the ending, it was so different from what I was expecting. It ended on a massive cliffhanger as well and I have no idea what is going to happen! I need the next book already and this book hasn’t even came out yet!!


There wasn’t a character in this book that I didn’t enjoy or that I didn’t think fitted. They were all perfect. Sarai & Lazlo are the two main characters and I really enjoyed reading from their point of view. Lazlo is just amazing, different and such a dreamer! Anything is possible when it comes to Lazlo! Sarai is so kind but also trapped and you just want someone to help her and the others in the Citadel!

Sparrow, Ruby & Feral are so interesting and I loved reading about them, Ruby is so defiant and speaks her mind at times, Sparrow was a little more shy, but also really kind and thoughtful and I loved that she bought a bit of happiness to the rest of them. Feral, I still don’t really know how to think of him, he felt more standoffish than the others. I did enjoy his character but he is still kind of a mystery to me.

Minya was a whole other story, I 100% understand why she is the way that she is but at the same time you just want her trust Sarai’s perspective and allow herself a bit of joy in life.

Eril-Fane and the whole of Weep, I have a similar view as I do to Minya, I get why they see the world like that and why Eril-Fane especially did what he did, but at the same time I hope that they will find it in themselves to be more open.

Over All:

I really enjoyed this book! Everything about it is just beautiful and interesting! The second book in the series The Muse of Nightmares doesn’t come out until 2018 and it sucks that I have to wait so long before I can read it too! But Strange The Dreamer is definitely a book I see myself rereading, especially when the next book comes out. And also another side note, that book cover is gorgeous!! The cover above is the UK edition, but the US edition is beautiful as well!


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10 thoughts on “Strange The Dreamer (Strange The Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor – Spoiler Free Review

  1. You’re so lucky you got an egalley of this book! I almost picked this as my one prize on a giveaway I won but it doesn’t come out until the end of the month and I’m not sure where I’ll be at that point. I hope to buy a copy when it comes out, esp after this review!!

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  2. I had no idea the second book already has a title, but The Muse of Nightmare is such a perfect fit for it! I don’t mind waiting for the sequel because I know Laini Taylor will deliver.

    I am so sad that this book had a couple of negative reviews due to the pacing, I actually adored the slower pace as it allowed so much worldbuilding and introspection. Glad you enjoyed the book!!

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    1. I only saw that it did when getting the link for the info part of this review. And I totally agree. It’s perfect.

      I haven’t seen negative reviews about the pace, only ones that people were confused. But yes I agree wit you about the slower pace. I rather enjoyed it as well. 👌🏻


  3. I haven’t been so sure about reading this because I haven’t read a book by Taylor, maybe I should pick it up when it is released!


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